Downton Abbey Season 5 Confirmed Despite Season 4's Failings

Series 4 may have been the most controversial and criticised in the show’s back catalogue, but Downton Abbey’s strong viewing figures secured the period drama’s 5th season.

Julian FellowesJulian Fellowes will write another series of Downton.

The new series will air next year, with popular writer Julian Fellowes returning to once again pen his highly-watched drama. An average of 11.8 million tuned in to watch the current series, which reached its climax on Sunday (Nov 10).

"We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy," said Gareth Neame, director of Downton Abbey creators Carnival Films. "All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year," he added.

Joanne Froggatt defends that rape scene.

Downton arrived on U.K screens in 2010, and has since become a TV behemoth. Such is its popularity, it has been sold on to 220 terratories, including the U.S, where it has repeated its domestic success. 12.3m tuned in to the finale of series three in America, making it the highest-rated show of the day, breaking the viewership record for PBS.

"With Julian writing and Gareth (Neame) and Liz (Trubridge) producing, we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can't wait to catch up with our favourite characters again," said ITV's director of drama commissioning, Steve November. (Guardian)

Joanne FroggattJoanne Froggatt was at the centre of the show's controversial rape scene.

The announcement of a fifth series comes after broadcasting watchdog Ofcom ruled that no action would be taken against the show over its rape storyline, which received 244 complaints. The regulator said it had decided not to pursue the complaints "after careful assessment... because they did not raise issues warranting investigation."

Fellowes has defended the storyline and its treatment: "Downton deals in subjecting a couple of characters per series to a very difficult situation and you get the emotions that come out of these traumas," he told the BBC.


Contactmusic

Tags: Julian Fellowes - Joanne Froggatt

Advertisement

More Julian Fellowes

Not So Fast! Your Favorite "Downton" Characters Are Never Safe, Says Creator Julian Fellowes

Downton Abbey fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as the show’s creators have announced that there will be no major character deaths to boost...

Richard E. Grant is a Historian on Downton, and Has His Own Perfume

Not only is he to star in a nation’s favorite period drama, but Richard E. Grant will have everyone smelling just how he wants them,...

'Downton Abbey' Ratings Healthy In US: Is It Really All About To End?

Downton Abbey is on a high in the USA: the British period drama is charming scores more viewers than ever before for a fourth season,...

Downton Abbey Hits Record Ratings Upon US Series 4 Premiere

Downton Abbey's fourth season premiere in the USA attracted a magnificent 10.2 million viewers, proving the British period drama is as popular as ever across...

Advertisement

Julian Fellowes Admits That 'Downton Abbey' Could End Next Season

Downton Abbey is by far one of the most successful TV series on the small screen today, drawing in huge, devoted viewer figures week in...

Downton's Back, Alright! Downton Abbey Returns To US Screens

Downton Abbey will return to PBS for a fourth season this Sunday, 5 January, and anticipation for the quintessentially English period drama couldn't be higher...

Downton Abbey Behemoth Trudges On With Fifth Season Confirmation

Downton Abbey has unsurprisingly been renewed for a fifth series by ITV following its season four finale on Sunday evening (November 10, 2013).Tom Branson, Played...

Downton Abbey Season 5 Confirmed Despite Season 4's Failings

Series 4 may have been the most controversial and criticised in the show’s back catalogue, but Downton Abbey’s strong viewing figures secured the period drama’s...

Advertisement

Comments

Julian Fellowes Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Julian Fellowes

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All